The Government of Dominica will construct at least twelve new health facilities in communities around the island.
Minister for Health Dr. Kenneth Darroux made the announcement on Friday.
He said Montreal Management Consultants will undertake the construction.
“We have just entered an agreement and its just going to be formalized with MMC, that’s the development company who’s presently constructing the homes for my people at petite savanne and other parts of the island, where we are going to construct more than a dozen new modern facilities, type 3 health facilities, Portsmouth to be included.”
He paid particular attention to Portsmouth as he stated that the current facility there is outdated, similar to that of the Princess Margaret Hospital where a current modern hospital is under construction.
Darroux also expressed his frustration at the slow pace of progress on the Marigot Hospital.
He blames the delayed response on the Government of Mexico which had pledged US$5million to the construction of a new hospital after its closure in 2016.
Last week, residents of Marigot held protest action against what they say is a lack of proper health care services in the north east.
He went on to say that during the last Parliamentary sitting, he made mention of the situation and concluded that serious steps will have to be made with regards to obtaining of funds.
An ultimatum was proposed where the Government would continue waiting on funds for construction and development of the current closed facility or funds are sourced locally.